You probably know someone who has remained active well into their senior years. Perhaps they were a great athlete in high school who never lost the drive to compete, or someone who rediscovered the joy of participating in athletic games. For the past thirty years, adults age 50 and over have competed in regional and state-level competitions called the Senior Games.


The Iowa Summer Senior Games will be held at various locations in West Des Moines, June 21-25. Registration is open, with a fee of $30 per sport (not per event). So if you register for bowling, your fee would cover singles, doubles and team. The summer events include everything from archery and badminton to swimming, granny basketball and a triathlon.


As you might guess, a large event with over 1,000 participants needs many volunteers. Anyone interested in assisting with the Iowa Senior Games may email jacob.newton@iowaseniorgames.org. No athletic or officiating expertise is necessary to volunteer.


Spectators are also welcome and appreciated, so if you’re not yet in the over 50 age group, or aren’t able to volunteer, come cheer on the older Iowans who share interest in a healthy and active lifestyle. Perhaps you’ll be inspired yourself.